Debate on the 2019 Division of Revenue Bill by Cde Ndabakayise E Gcwabaza in the National Assembly

13 March 2019

The 2019 Division of Revenue Bill expresses the central policy of the ANC on the economy which focuses on growing inclusive economic growth and on creating decent jobs. It remains guided by the goals of the National Development Plan, namely, growing the economy by more that five percent and creating eleven million jobs by 2030.

To this end, the Division of Revenue Bill allocates R19,8 billion for the Industrial Tax Incentives boost growth in manufacturing. Of this amount R600 million targets the Clothing and Textile Competitive Programme to sustain 35 500 existing jobs and create 25 000 new jobs in the next three years.

The ANC will ensure that the Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA), and the Industrial Development Cooperation (IDC) facilitate access to finance for women enterprise to the tune of R3.8 billion and R3.2 for youth businesses. In addition, the IDC will provide loans for priority sectors such as metals and mining, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, clothing and textiles, agriculture and agro-processing.

These sectors will create new and sustain 107 629 existing jobs. The DORAB has allocated R17,6 billion over the medium term to support 49 Black Industrialists.

The Jobs Fund which is located in the National Treasury has created 225 802 jobs, it has provided skills training to 244 287 people and supported 20 444 internships. The DORB we are debating today allocates an additional R1.1 billion. The Jobs Fund focuses on job creation, skills training and supporting internships for the youth and women

The Extended Public Works Programme has created more than four million job opportunities over the ten-year period since 2009. The ANC is committed to creating more sustainable and decent jobs through the Public Employment Programme which is being allocated R 61.4 billion in the Bill we are debating today. Omaspala babelwe uR2.3 billion ukeze baqhube imisebenzi yePEWP Infrastructure is the backbone for investment, economic growth and job creation. iANC izibophezele ekwakhiweni kwengqalasizinda yezomnotho ukuze kube lula futhi kusheshe ukuhamba kwabantu nokuthuthwa kwempahla edayisa ngaphakathi ezweni nethengiswa emazweni angaphandle. Ngalokho ke uKhongolose ukushayela ihlombe ukubekwa kuka R526 billion wokwakha engqalasizinda ezosabalala kuZifundazwe nakoMasipala, futhi ifinyelele nasezindaweni zasemakhaya.  For the construction and maintenance of Non-Toll roads, the South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) is allocated R 3.5 billion during the 2019/20 to 2021/22 period.

iANC iyaluqhuba uhlelo lokubuyiselwa komhlaba kubantu.Sisishayela ihlombe isabelo esingu R18.4 billion wama Land claim awu 1700 nokunikezelwa komhlaba ongango 325 00 hectares kubantu bakithi. And, as part of the President’s economic stimulus and Recovery Plan R1.8 billion will be spent on 262 priority land –reform projects. The Ilima/Letsema project receives R1.9 billion to boost food production by supporting 145 000 historically disadvantaged subsistence farmers.

There are 435 000 emerging farmers under Operation Phakisa who seek to develop their farming businesses, to contribute to growing the agricultural economy and to job creation. A grant of R5 billion in the Division of Revenue Bill for the Comprehensive Support Programme aimed at facilitating access to markets for these farmers, repairing agricultural infrastructure including revitalizing provincial agricultural colleges and placing 1 000 unemployed agricultural graduates on commercial farms. The ANC is committed to rehabilitating 48 900 hectares of land through which 2 400 full-time jobs will be created. The Working for Forests programme will create about 2 040 jobs in Qwaqwa (F.S), Rustplaas (Limpopho), Upington (N.C), Bloemhof and Mahikeng (N.W) and Wolsely (W.C). On Fisheries, the ANC supports the transfer of R264.4 million to the Marine Living Resource Fund which will create 1 725 full-time jobs. The beneficiaries will be assisted to participate in the mainstream fishing economy.

His Excellency, President Cyril Ramaphosa has emphasized economic growth with a specific focus on policy certainty. The 2018 Fraser Institute annual survey on mining companies indicates that the ANC government’s commitment and effort to bring about policy certainty and attract investment to the economy is beginning to show positive results. This is demonstrated by the rise up in rankings of South Africa’s Mining sector to position 56 out of 83 mining jurisdictions compared with position 81 out of 91 jurisdictions in 2017. The signing of the Mining Charter and the separation of mining from the petroleum sector has provided this policy certainty and has allowed petroleum and related resources sector to develop and to contribute to economic growth on their own. Not only does the ANC’s mining policy strategy ensure competitiveness, but also contribute to the growth stimulus. The ANC and government is committed to pursuing the transformative agenda and policy certainty improvements in other sectors, in partnership with labour, business and civil society.

The ANC, together with its social partners and the people of South Africa at large have the will and  capacity forge ahead to coordinate the economy across the key sectors, to grow an inclusive economy and to create decent jobs in pursuit of the NDP goals.